NEW BRITAIN - The fourth phase of the cityâ€™s Complete Streets Master Plan is making progress.
The Public Works Department removed the sculpture in the water fountain in Leo A. Milewski Park in May, and more work can be seen on the stretch of road.
The beginning of the project has roots going back months. In January, the New Britain Common Council authorized a contract of nearly $3.2 million with Morais Concrete Service out of Springfield, Mass., to oversee upgrades along a section of Columbus Boulevard. This project is the fourth phase of the cityâ€™s Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Master Plan.
As reported by The Herald, the most significant elements of the project are the installation of the new traffic rotary and the relocation of the city bus hub from Bank Street to designated areas on Columbus Boulevard.
The new central location for city bus routes will be in designated lanes on both sides of Columbus Boulevard, just east of the Main Street intersection. The new hub will be closer to the CTfastrak station and opposite a new mini-green that will replace the portion of Bank Street adjacent to the Connecticut Bar Association building. After it undergoes a restoration, the sculpture removed from Leo A. Milewski Park will be relocated to the center of the rotary.
In addition to these changes, the Columbus Boulevard project also calls for widening sidewalks, which will be reconstructed with brick pavers, from Main Street to just past the site of the former police station.
The Columbus Boulevard project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.